Water is a theme of the visually and physically saturated state of Chiapas. Even more so in the summer rainy season I visited it in. There are days when the water leaves you sighing because it never seems to stop surging from the sky. But in a state of both tropical and highland rainforests that contains an abundance of rivers, lakes, and waterfalls, you always have to appreciate what the miraculous substance creates.
This is part one in a three part series of photo essays that will highlight the waters of Chiapas: bodies of water, the exponential shades of green vegetation that the water nourishes, and a few animals that feed on what the water provides and produces.
Misol-Ha was a surprise. When I signed up for my Palenque day trip, I relegated it to “some random waterfall we have to stop at before we visit Agua Azul” status. But it wasn’t just an add on or a way to break up the drive between Palenque and Agua Azul, it turned out to beautiful place that stood on its own.
The highlight of the waterfall is the way it pours off the side of the cliff rather that flowing down it. So you can walk behind it and see the streams of water plunging from above like a powerful, gigantic outdoor shower:
When you look at the following photos, you might think that this place should be called Agua Marrón (Brown Water) rather than Agua Azul (Blue Water). But it’s not a misnomer, there are times when this water is actually a clear turquoise blue color. It can turn brown like this when it rains.
As soon as we arrived, it started to sprinkle and then eventually pour. This didn’t stop most of us from climbing to the top and stopping at each level. In fact, it seemed somehow appropriate to get soaked in a heavy tropical rainstorm at this series of mighty cascading waterfalls. I’ve only experienced one of the two, but I’m guessing that in different ways, Agua Marrón is just as magnificent as Agua Azul: